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Henry: Good progress on stadium

first_img Quoted in the Liverpool Echo, he said: “We are making good progress. “There are a lot of different groups working very well together and that’s the key to a big project like this happening, when everybody is on the same page. When everybody is on the same page, we move forward. “I think we were clear at one point that what made financial sense was going in this direction – and this is the direction that makes financial sense for the club for a long time. “Obstacles are being overcome. “We have always said you have to have certainty with regard to the properties because of the height of the stand and all of the issues regarding that. So that’s been the biggest issue.” He added: “The previous regime (Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr) were talking about going out and borrowing an enormous amount of money to build an enormous new facility. That’s not what we’re doing. “One of their problems was that they weren’t able to get financing. When this (project) happens, financing won’t be the problem. “We just need certainty with regard to these properties and the number of properties that are in question keeps getting reduced.” Press Association Henry’s Fenway Sports Group has been looking for some time to increase Anfield’s capacity – reportedly at a cost of around £154million – and the American says Liverpool City Council has made “good progress” in purchasing the few remaining privately owned properties around the stadium in order to enable the Main Stand to be expanded. Planning permission will only be sought once all deals are finalised, and Henry believes that – rather than the financing – remains the biggest hurdle. center_img Liverpool principal owner John W Henry has offered reassurances that the finance is in place for the club to push on with their stadium redevelopment once the planning authorities give the go-ahead.last_img read more

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Holmes claims five-shot lead

first_imgA hole-in-one helped American JB Holmes claim a five-shot lead after a dramatic third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. Dustin Johnson was the first player to ace the par-three fourth hole on Saturday, holing out with a seven iron from 207 yards to make amends in style for dropping a shot on the second. And amazingly overnight leader Holmes then repeated the feat just two groups later, using the same club to hole out in a near-identical manner as his ball landed around 20 feet short of the pin and rolled into the cup at the perfect speed. McIlroy hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Friday, throwing his three iron into a lake on the par-five after pulling his second shot into the water left of the green. The world number one recovered to shoot 70 and was quick to apologise for his behaviour, while the club in question was later shown on television being apparently recovered from the water by a diver. McIlroy’s third round got off to a good start with birdies on the third and seventh to move three under par and just five off the lead, but his drive on the eighth finished behind a tree and the four-time major winner was l ucky to see his third shot stop inches short of finding the water once more. The 25-year-old was unable to take advantage of his good fortune and followed a bogey there with another on the ninth, with further dropped shots on the 13th and 14th coming after a birdie on the 11th. That gave Holmes a five-shot lead for the first time and although that was eventually cut to one due to bogeys on the seventh and 12th coupled with three more birdies from Johnson, Holmes responded superbly. Birdies on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th took the 32-year-old six shots clear before a bogey on the 18th meant he had to settle for a 70 to finish 11 under, five ahead of Johnson and double Masters champion Bubba Watson, who holed a bunker shot on the last in his 70. Johnson, who is playing his third event following a six-month “leave of absence” to deal with “personal challenges”, told Sky Sports 4: “I was not aiming right at the flag. I pushed it a hair but it was still a really good shot obviously and got lucky it rolled right in. “I should have made a few more birdies than I did but this golf course is tough so I’ll go out tomorrow, get some pressure on JB early and you never know what will happen.” Sweden’s Henrik Stenson leads the European challenge on four under par alongside former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, with Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia another shot back. Westwood, who carded six birdies and four bogeys in his 50th WGC event, told Sky Sports 4: “I think 70 is a pretty good score. I made a couple of mistakes out there. I hit a lot of good shots though and didn’t get rewarded for some of them. “I’m trying to keep myself in shape at the moment. I’m 42 in a couple of months but I still really feel fit and fresh and mentally sharp and keen to keep playing. As long as I am enjoying getting out of bed and practising and working on my game there’s no reason I shouldn’t carry on.” Rory McIlroy is 10 shots off the lead after a frustrating 72, although he did at least keep his temper in check despite more problems with the eighth hole. Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgA psychologist hired by the state says Austin Harrouff, accused in the face-biting murders of a Tequesta couple in August of 2016, was/is insane.New court documents show that the FSU student, charged with killing a Tequesta couple back in 2016 and biting the face of one of the victims, may have been legally insane at the time of the crime.Austin Harrouff was examined last fall by state-hired psychologist Dr. Gregory Landrum.In his report, Dr. Landrum says Harrouff was suffering an “acute psychotic episode” when John Stevens and Michelle Mischon were killed in their Tequesta home.Dr. Landrum also wrote that because of that, Harrouff was “unable to distinguish right from wrong.”A drug screening done by the FBI found no illicit drugs in his system except THC.In the report, Harrouff detailed for Dr. Landrum how he felt like he was “half dog and half-person” on the day before the attacks.Clinical lycanthropy is a rare psychiatric syndrome with the delusional belief that one is a werewolf. They grunt, claw, and feel their body is covered with hair and their nails are elongated — some people strongly believe they are in the process of metamorphosis into a wolf.Austin Harrouff is accused of killing John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon at their house.John Stevens III and 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon Court records show Harrouff told the psychologist in the days before the murders he felt god-like, invincible, hyper and paranoid spirits would get him.He seemingly describes the murders, describing two figures whom he attacked.The psychologist says Harrouff was experiencing an acute psychotic episode and could not distinguish right from wrong.Read the psychologist’s full report here.https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Episode-25–Accused-Face-eating-Double-Murder-FSU-Frat-Boy-Head-to-Triallast_img read more

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BCCI miffed by WICB lack of support on recent ICC votes – report

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (CMC) – Factions of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) want pressure brought to bear on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for its lack of support in the recent vote regarding the International Cricket Council’s new governance structure and revenue-sharing model.At an ICC Board meeting in Dubai last month, the BCCI found itself standing alone as nine other countries voted in support of the governance structure. On the contentious revenue-sharing model, India found support only from the Sri Lankan Board, as they lost 8-2 on vote.Sections of the BCCI now want joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary to speak to WICB president Dave Cameron about the recent ICC votes, as there is a belief the Caribbean board was not held accountable enough for the decision of the one-day side to abruptly abandon the tour here three years ago.“We let the West Indies Cricket Board go scot-free back in 2014 after they pulled out midway,” a senior BCCI official, who requested anonymity, told the Press Trust of India.“We claimed damages of US$42M but that was also waived by Shashank Manohar after he became the BCCI president for the second time. Now they (WICB) have also voted against us at ICC Board. We need to look at these aspects.”The BCCI suspended bilateral ties with West Indies and also lodged the multi-million dollar claim against the WICB back in November, 2014, after the team walked off the tour earlier the same month following the fourth ODI, stemming from a players’ pay dispute with the board.However, the matter was settled amicably following talks between the WICB and the new Manohar-led BCCI, with the entities agreeing future bilateral tours.In fact, only yesterday, the BCCI confirmed India’s six-match limited tour of the Caribbean starting next month, but the senior BCCI official said the only entity benefiting from the arrangement was the WICB.“There has to be some discussions with Cameron and WICB as to what their viewpoint is on governance,” the official continued.“In any case, it’s the WICB which gains if we go (on the tour). Before the ICC Annual Conference, it would be great if Amitabh speaks to their cricket board.”India toured the Caribbean last year for four Tests and also played West Indies in a two-match Twenty20 series in Florida.last_img read more

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Fair shines in clutch, paves way for Ennis buzzer-beater

first_imgPITTSBURGH — With one flick of his wrist, C.J. Fair could forget all the missed layups. All the shots that rimmed out and the “air ball” chants that followed him through the first half and into the second.With Syracuse down six and less than two minutes remaining, Fair got a pair of baseline screens from Jerami Grant and Rakeem Christmas, and an open look in the left corner. Last time he let one fly from beyond the arc, it wasn’t even close. This time it cut Pittsburgh’s lead to three with 1:42 remaining.“I seen the opportunity for the 3 and I’m just confident enough to make it and knock it down,” Fair said.After starting off 3-for-11, Fair made his final three shots, including the 3-pointer and a step-back jumper on the No. 1 Orange’s next possession, to help SU (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) rally from a six-point deficit in the final moments and set the stage for Tyler Ennis’ game-winning 35-footer that handed Syracuse a 58-56 win against the No. 25 Panthers (20-5, 8-4) on Wednesday in front of 12,935 in the Petersen Events Center.For, essentially, the first 35 minutes, Fair was nonexistent, and Ennis stole the show in the final seconds, but without the senior forward the freshman’s miracle shot never happens.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“C.J. had to hit the 3, he had to hit the jump shot and Tyler had to get to the basket and had to make the free throws,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “There were three had-to-dos on offense.”And Fair was the key to two of them.The Orange went to Fair for the 3-pointer in the corner even though his only long-range attempt of the day failed to hit anything.On Syracuse’s next possession, it went straight to Fair again. This time, the Orange didn’t draw anything up — Fair just went to work on his man. A quick jab step and then a move to his right. He crossed back over, stepped back and let fly.Five points in a matter of seconds. SU cut the lead to one.“C.J.’s somebody we can count on at the end of games,” Ennis said. “He definitely closes games for us.”For most of the day, though, he looked like the last guy that Syracuse would want to go to when it needed a bucket.He sunk a mid-range jumper in the opening minutes for the first points of the game. He air-balled his next shot — a free-throw-line jumper — and could never get into a groove after that.Every time he touched the ball for the rest of the first half — even when he was on the sideline getting ready to inbound and after he made a couple shots — chants of “air ball!” rained down from the Oakland Zoo.But, somehow, he still managed to be the Orange’s leading scorer in the game.“I think C.J. is underrated,” Grant said. “He’s one of the best players in the country and every time we get to the end-of-the-game situations he comes through for us.”The Orange has plenty of options on offense, but Ennis compared Fair to Creighton forward Doug McDermott in terms of scoring ability. Yes, Fair struggled, but there’s a reason Boeheim always chooses to go back to him.“C.J.’s definitely right behind,” Ennis said. “Versatility-wise, he can score outside, inside.”Even on the final play, with 4.4 seconds to go, Boeheim wanted to get the ball in the hands of his star — even if it meant that Grant needed to chuck the ball 60 feet to him.Instead, Grant opted to make the easy pass to Ennis. Boeheim told Grant that he made the wrong decision, but Ennis’ miracle made that obsolete.No one can be sure if Boeheim’s play would have worked now. It would have been just as improbable if Fair had gotten it to go, but the dependable veteran knows how it would’ve gone.“It wasn’t there,” Fair said, “but I probably could’ve still made the play.” Comments Published on February 13, 2014 at 1:33 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Justyn Knight runs world’s fastest 5000 meter of 2017 at Payton Jordan Invitational

first_imgJustyn Knight ran the world’s fastest 5,000-meter time of 2017 on Saturday at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, California.In an event including collegiate and professional runners, Knight clocked a 13:17.51, just .04 seconds faster than the second place finisher, Australian Sam McEntee. Knight’s time on Saturday bested his previous school record by nearly 10 seconds.The Syracuse junior was the only collegian to make the podium, with the next-fastest collegiate runner — defending NCAA Champion Edward Cheserek — finishing fourth at 13:24.72.Adam Palamar ran the 1500-meter at the Payton Jordan Invitational for SU, finishing eighth overall with a time of 3:42.70.Both Knight and Palamar will be running at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships in Atlanta next weekend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

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London Rivalry Rekindled as Chelsea Face Arsenal in Community Shield

first_imgWhen these teams first met in the league last season the Gunners ran out 3-0 winners, but that defeat proved to be the catalyst for the Blues, as it prompted Antonio Conte to change to his preferred 3-4-3 formation. What followed was a 13-match winning streak.When Arsenal travelled to Stamford Bridge for the return match they were beaten 3-1, but they were victorious at Wembley when the two teams met in the FA Cup final, where goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez helped them to a 2-1 win.The two capital clubs have played each other since then – a pre-season friendly which Chelsea won 3-0 in China – but the Community Shield will be a real test of both sides with the 2017-18 season fast approaching.While today’s match may be a charity friendly, Wenger and Conte will expect their teams to give their all as they look to begin the new campaign with full bragging rights.Wenger has a decision to make on whether to involve Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean was handed an extended summer break following the Confederations Cup and only returned to training on Tuesday after suffering from illness meaning both he and Shkodran Mustafi, who also played in the tournament, could be left on the sidelines.Club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette and fellow new recruit Sead Kolasinac are in line to feature but, while Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are expected to be fit after minor niggles, Francis Coquelin (ankle), Gabriel (knee) and Jack Wilshere (leg) miss out.Diego Costa’s continued exile and Eden Hazard’s broken ankle mean Chelsea will have a new-look strike-force.Strikers Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi could be deployed together, while Pedro could play with a protective mask following the facial injury sustained in the Beijing friendly against the Gunners.Tiemoue Bakayoko, the midfielder signed from Monaco this summer, has a knee injury, but Victor Moses is free to play despite his dismissal in May’s FA Cup final. His ban applies in the Premier League season opener against Burnley.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kick-off: 2pmArsenal and Chelsea resume their London rivalry at Wembley today as the FA Cup winners and Premier League champions battle for more silverware in the Community Shield.In a repeat of the 2015 edition, which the Gunners won 1-0, both teams get a chance for an early victory ahead of this weekend, when the Premier League kicks off.last_img read more

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Traffic woes in Sao Paulo

first_imgSubway workers are on strike and have ground the city to a haltGodfred Akoto Boafo,Ave Paulista//Sao Paulo- Football fans looking to get around Sao Paulo have found themselves in winding traffic in parts of Brazil’s largest city after subway unions voted to continue a strike.With the city poised to host the opening game of the World Cup on June 12 between Brazil and Croatia,thousands of soccer fans are now restricted to buses and taxis instead of the faster and cheaper subway systems.Union leaders said late on Sunday that the strike, launched to back up workers’ demands for higher wages, would continue indefinitely. The announcement followed a ruling handed down by a labor court which ordered the striking subway workers to return to the job.The striking workers are seeking a pay rise of 12.2 percent, but management has offered just 8.7 percent.Traffic has been minimal in areas like the upscale Avenue Paulista or the Republicas areas but moving out to to areas around the Estadio Corinthians and the airports from the center of town has become slow and expensive. With taxi fares starting from BR4.1,a comfortable ride to the outskirts could cost as much as BR150.last_img read more

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first_imgThe buildup proved to be a lot more compelling than the actual fight.Tito Ortiz smothered Alberto El Patron and recorded a first-round rear-naked choke submission in the main event of the Combate Americas pay-per-view Saturday night at Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Prior to the fight, Ortiz and El Patron put their respective former titles on the line: If Ortiz lost, he’d have to surrender his UFC championship. If El Patron suffered defeat, he’d have to relinquish his WWE belt. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearOrtiz forced the latter to happen, and then he savored the moment of El Patron’s camp handing him the strap.”Now, my goal was always to be a WWE champion, but you know what?” Ortiz said during his postfight interview. “What’s even better is I could bring my two boys who are huge WWE fans, as myself, and they could hold this belt and they’re putting it in their room. This belt’s for them.”The bout was billed with the tagline “Which side are you on?” Ortiz is a proud supporter of President Donald Trump while El Patron has bashed the commander in chief. Ortiz’s father is of Mexican descent and El Patron is Mexican. The fight took place at the U.S.-Mexico border for good measure. Ortiz entered the ring to Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” theme song and had a “Trump 2020” banner hanging in the backdrop to fuel the fire. Those political differences helped pave the way for El Patron to face Ortiz, although the fight itself was a dud, without nearly the amount of fireworks that were produced during the promotion of it.El Patron scored a takedown shortly after the bell rang, but Ortiz swiftly maneuvered and took side control. That turned into a guillotine choke attempt moments later, before “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” locked in the rear naked choke. El Patron’s face was turning beet red before he tapped out just three minutes and 10 seconds into the opening frame.The former UFC champion had overwhelmed El Patron in la jaula (Spanish for the cage). Ortiz has one more fight with Combate remaining, although his opponent hasn’t been announced.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center welcomes Fred Hiebert, archaeologist and Co-Principal Investigator on the Genghis Khan project, as our speaker for the January 25th National Geographic presentation. Previously scheduled speaker, Albert Yu-Min Lin, will not be able to join us that evening due to the imminent arrival of his newest family member! While we are sad that Albert will not be able to join us, we are thrilled to have his colleague provide a unique perspective on the same project.From National Geographic:“Archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert has searched for human history in some of the world’s most remote and romantic places for more than 20 years.  An expert on the ancient Silk Road, he has excavated sites along this millennia-old path between Europe and Asia.  His findings in a 4,000-year-old city in Turkmenistan made headlines around the world.  In 2004 Hiebert rediscovered, catalogued, and returned to the National Museum in Kabul, Afghanistan the treasure trove of 20,000 Bactrian gold pieces that had gone missing during that country’s decades of war and upheaval.  He went on to serve as curator of National Geographic’s touring exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures.  He has also searched for submerged civilizations underwater in the Black Sea with Dr. Robert Ballard, in South America’s highest body of water, Lake Titicaca, and off the coast of Cuba.Hiebert completed his doctoral dissertation at Harvard University in 1992. He joined the National Geographic Society as its Archaeology Fellow in 2003.  He also holds active positions with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Institute for Nautical Archaeology, and Robert Ballard’s Institute for Exploration.”Tickets for the original speaker are still valid on January 25th, 2013.  Patrons who wish to change their tickets are asked to contact the Washington Center Box Office at 360-753-8586.last_img read more

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